Our system of Issho-Ryu was
created in the year 2000 by Master Brown. Under the direction of
Soke Schenck, Renshi Brown took the techniques from Tae Kwon Do,
Goshin Jutsu Karate, and Aikido to form this one great style.
This now allowed Renshi Brown to make further updates to the
system and add in techniques and forms that were outside the
traditional styles that we formally studied.
Issho-Ryu literally means "The system
for ones whole life." The main emphasis being that the three components to
our art (Spirit, Mind, and Body) are to work together in harmony to be
used all through our daily lives in everything we do. Our life should
reflect a balance between the three. However, it must be understood that
we must keep them in perspective and not place an equal emphasis on all
three. The body should be the least important and the spirit being the
most important in our lives.
Below you will find a section dedicated to each of the three components
(body, mind, and spirit). First, is a definition of body, mind, and
spirit. Second, Bible verses dealing with that specific item. Then third,
a small commentary on each of the three.
"Body" - The whole
material part of a man or animal.
"Don't you know that you
yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in
you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16) We are told that our bodies are
actually the temple of God. Therefore, doesnt it make sense
that we are to take care of the Lords temple?
"You were bought at a
price. Therefore honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians
6:20) We are the most valuable things on this Earth. How much are
we worth? Our value is so great that Jesus died a horrible death
in order to save us all and ensure our salvation. Therefore, it
is our duty to take care of our bodies so that we can honor God
"After all, no one ever
hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ
does the church-- for we are members of his body."
(Ephesians 5:29) Here it is explained that we take care of and
feed our bodies.
I believe that the best way
we can take care of our bodies is to eat healthy and exercise.
Does this mean that we must limit ourselves to only vegetables
and exercise every day for hours on end? No, because moderation
is important too. As in all things, keeping a healthy balance is
the key. Also, the amount of exercise and quantities of the
different types of food groups to keep one healthy are going to
depend on the individual person.
"Mind" - The part
of a person that knows an thinks and feels and wishes and
It cannot be bought with the
finest gold, nor can its price be weighed in silver. It cannot be
bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires.
Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had
for jewels of gold. Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
the price of wisdom is beyond rubies." (Job 28:15-28) God
here is showing us the importance of studying hard and gaining
"Blessed is the man who
finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she (speaking
of wisdom) is more profitable than silver and yields better
returns than gold." (Proverbs 3:13) "Do not forsake
wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch
over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost
all you have, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:6-7) These
also talk about the value of wisdom. Wisdom will protect you and
will have better returns than even gold!
"For the foolishness of
God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is
stronger than man's strength." (Corinthians 1:25) Not that
god is weak, but this verse wants us to put things in
perspective. Its letting us know that even though wisdom is
important and valuable, not to rely too much on it. Our time to
stop relying on wisdom is when it begins to interfere with our
relationship with God. This usually happens when we rely too much
on the wisdom of Man and not on the wisdom of God.
Not only do this verses tell
us that we should concentrate on our education in school (grade
school, high school, and college), but continue to study through
Mans moral, religious, or emotional nature.
"A man's spirit sustains
him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?"
(Proverbs 18:14) A healthy and mature spiritual life will help
you through all types of trials and rough times youll
encounter in your life.
"Those who live
according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that
nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit
have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of
sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is
life and peace;" (Romans 8:5-6) Here it is explained that if
we let our mind be controlled by the spirit, then we will have
life and peace.
"But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians
5:22-23) These are all qualities that will naturally come forth
the more our spiritual life and relationship with Christ matures.
THE THREE IN HARMONY
The first thing to remember is that even though they all work
together, and all are important, not all are equally important.
The greatest emphasis should always be placed on your spiritual
life. We have seen that our spirit can positively influence our
mind, and in return effect our physical well being. After the
spirit, we should place emphasis on the mind. Our mind can then
in return influence our bodies. Our body (even though its
important) should be the less important of the three. Keep all of
these in their proper perspective.